|There is an old adage that the only
thing certain in life is change. For most of us in Arizona, that maxim
rings true. Our State has changed and grown dramatically in the 24 years
that I have been in office. Former Rep. John Rhodes and I were the lone
House representatives in the early sixties; five people now represent Arizona
as congressmen. We are expected to add at least two more representatives
in the next decade. More change.
Arizona's tremendous growth has caused this transformation.
And it has altered virtually every aspect of our lives -- from the way
we work to the way we play. My Arizona constituency is vastly different
than it used to be -- and with the population growth that is expected to
continue to swell the ranks of Arizonans, the concerns and problems we
face will also change.
The second congressional district of Arizona is
large and sprawling, containing both big cities and small towns. Our district
is home to farmers, copper workers, people working in high-technology jobs,
the military, a growing tourism industry and service-related jobs. And
that's just the tip of the iceberg. With a district as big and unique as
this, special efforts must be made to make sure that everyone who wants
to make contact with my office can do so easily.
That is why I'm making some changes in the way
I represent the people of our district. Beginning on May 1, the Phoenix
District Office will move to 522 West Roosevelt. This is a more central
location for my Phoenix constituents and should allow more of you to drop
in and say what is on your mind. The new office is accessible to the handicapped
and there is plenty of parking available.
We have also made some changes in the Arizona
staff. After 5 years of service, Perry Baker, my Phoenix district assistant,
has moved on to a new job. He will be missed. Replacing Perry is Mary Montano.
Mary has most recently worked out of the Phoenix office, traveling to Yuma
often to keep in touch with that corner of the district.
|In both Tucson and Phoenix, we are
planning an ambitious series of local mobile offices, which will take us
into areas of the community that we feel will benefit from an increased
presence. My staff and I will also be conducting mobile offices throughout
the next two years in Nogales, Laveen, Yuma, San Luis, Somerton and Wellton.
The Yuma and Nogales visits will be on a monthly basis. Notices of these
visits will be included in your local newspapers or you can contact either
the Tucson or Phoenix district office for further details.
For those of you who cannot stop in to the Phoenix
or Tucson offices we have installed a toll-free telephone number, 1--800/458-5547.
Please make use of this service. My Tucson office is still located at 300
North Main and the phone number is the same, 629-6404.
Even with our increased presence, I realize that
I will not be able to hear from everyone who wants to let me know how they
feel about the issues I must vote on during the 99th Congress. That is
why I'm sending you this questionnaire. We have done our best not to "load"
the questions and to provide you with answers that are fair and accurately
reflect the policy decisions facing Congress. Many of you may want to respond
with a "maybe" on some of the questions. I understand. Many times I feel
the same way on the House floor. Unfortunately, I'm only allowed a "yes"
or "no" vote.
This survey, of course, is not intended to be
scientific. What it is, is a random sampling of constituent opinion. In
the past, however, I have been surprised at how close these surveys run
to the national opinion surveys.
I hope that you will take the time to answer these
questions. Please enter your answers on the card at the end of this questionnaire.
As always, your comments are welcome. I will report back to you with the